• Rock Bottom at the Renaissance

  • An Emo Kid's Journey Through Falling In and Out of Love in and with New York City
  • By: Mike Henneberger
  • Narrated by: Tyler Posey
  • Length: 5 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Read by Tyler Posey

Featuring music by Jimmy Eat World, Bayside, The Dangerous Summer, Smoking Popes, Bright Eyes, Two Door Cinema Club, Death Cab for Cutie, Mayday Parade, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, and The Wonder Years.

Before Mike Henneberger was an Emmy-winning producer with credits from Comedy Central, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Spin, and Vice, he was just another lost soul in New York City, stumbling down a path paved by mental illness and littered with pieces of a broken heart and a broken mind. 

Rock Bottom at the Renaissance: An Emo Kid's Journey Through Falling In and Out of Love in and with New York City is Mike's mixtape memoir that follows those pieces through a mental breakdown that spanned his first years as a Texas transplant in NYC, brainwashed by the New York romance that films, TV, books, and music, sold him.

Much of Rock Bottom at the Renaissance is set in a hotel room during a debaucherous weekend of self-imposed isolation and self-destructive introspection and navigates the dark tunnels of Henneberger's booze and drug-addled mind. It's larger in scope - taking in much of his past. Henneberger tells of his South Texas childhood defined by divorce, sibling rivalry, and an instability that forced him to navigate the most important years of a young man's life without a compass. He takes us through his minor successes - touring in bands, launching a magazine, and performing stand-up comedy - as he begins to wonder if the sense of confidence instilled by them is actually delusion. We get a glimpse into his time in the US Army, which was meant to increase his sense of purpose, but only increased his chemical dependencies and triggered mental illness. 

At the heart of the book are Henneberger's quest to find love and his relationship with music and the power that it has to get us through life's toughest moments.

©2020 Mike Henneberger (P)2020 Mike Henneberger

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I didn't want it to end

Mike did such a great job writing this that I literally did not want the story to end. I put off finishing it for so long because I didn't want it to be over.

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For someone that relates to music, especially the music listed in the chapters, this book is amazing.

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Emo Sex and the City

Loved this book. I own the paperback too but the audio version is 10x's better. Tyler Posey did an excellent job of narrating this hopeless romantic's emo journey through life in NYC. But beyond hearing his interpretation and inflection in his voice, the soundtrack is AMAZING! Hearing the story told by Tyler vs my own version and voice definitely made this already good so much better. I really think this would be a great movie too. It fits that YA utopia genre very well. While this world actually exists, a lot of the book's relationships, well level of relationships, don't always match up to reality.

I enjoyed this journey down memory lane of growing up in the 80s and 90s and trying to make sense of the life I built vs the life I always thought I wanted. And hearing stories of some of the places I too have visited and/or lived in myself. I relate to the authors feelings of being lost in regard to my relationship with God, or lack there of. There was a lot of laugh out loud moments, some with and some at the author. Mike is a great story teller and I look forward to anything he produces in the future.

p.s. glad he found "the one" . . . even if it was #7

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I love this book!

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It teaches you what to do and what not to do in this life. And Tyler Posey narrated very well and very wonderfully. Good job!

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An Emo Kids Journey

The story that I was told through this book, the experiences that Mike had, are very relatable whether you’re a fan of Emo music, consider yourself an IMO kid, I’ve struggled with depression or anxiety, or you just like a good story. Mike’s ability to describe the situation in a way that you can visualize the entire surroundings is outstanding, and Tyler Posey as the reader delivers a audio experience that is easy to get lost in. And then to top things off you have the soundtrack, some of the biggest names and pop punk and Imo worked with Mike supported him and allowed him to use their songs, even some unreleased versions of the songs and incorporate them in the audio book to truly involve the listener.